By decree of your San Francisco City Supervisors and the executors of the Jimi Hendrix Estate, today, Sept. 13, is officially Jimi Hendrix-Winterland Day in San Francisco.
The resolution, approved late last month by the Supes, cites the late guitar genius for the post-Summer of Love shows he played at the onetime legendary S.F. Winterland Ballroom, the six shows he played there after the recording of Electric Ladyland (Hendrix's final album with the Experience), and in general as a "symbol of the ingenuity and experimentation that San Francisco prizes." [Full text after the jump if you're curious.]
There will be a celebration of the man tonight at Amoeba music, where Janie Hendrix (Jimi's Sister) and funk master Bootsy Collins will be meeting and greeting Hendrix fans in honor of today's release of a new four-disc, Hendrix at Winterland box set. The party goes down at 7 p.m.
Whether you can make it or not, join us in a brief, six-song celebration of Hendrix after the jump.
Here's the full text of the Supervisors' proclamation on Hendrix-Winterland Day:
JIMI HENDRIX - WINTERLAND DAY
September 13, 2011
WHEREAS, Jimi Hendrix is renowned for his musical innovation, which revolutionized traditional thinking about rock and roll; and
WHEREAS, Jimi Hendrix appeared on the cover of an SFUSD educational guide, bag, and poster for teachers as a symbol of the ingenuity and experimentation that San Francisco prizes; and
WHEREAS, after the release of his genre-spanning album, Electric Ladyland, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played six shows over three days at San Francisco's historic Winterland Ballroom; and
WHEREAS, the Winterland shows in the aftermath of the Summer of Love are significant events in the rich cultural history of San Francisco
WHEREAS, On September 13, 2011 Experience Hendrix will be releasing "Jimi Hendrix Experience - Winterland," drawn from the six shows Hendrix recorded at Winterland in October 1968; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, hereby proclaims September 13, 2011 to be "Jimi Hendrix Winterland Day" in the City and County of San Francisco.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco to be affixed.
Scott Wiener Supervisor, District 8
And just in case you forgot how amazing the man was:
"If 6 Was 9"